Friday, 27 January 2017


Martin Locock grew up in southwest England moved to south Wales in 1991.  He is a landscape archaeologist by training, but has also worked as a project manager at the National Library of Wales and latterly at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  While at the NLW he was part of a series of literature mass digitisation projects.  He has published numerous academic articles on archaeological topics and the books Meaningful Architecture: Social interpretation of buildings (Avery Press 1994) and 10 Simple Steps to Better Archaeological Management (Carreg Ffylfan Press 2008).

He has been writing poetry for many years, developing a characteristic style of precise observation, clearly expressed.  His previous collections are Carefully Chosen Words, Removals and The Thought of Fresh Rain.  He also edited the anthology Poetry from Strata Florida, arising from his work on the monastic landscape of the Cistercian Abbey.

He has published two collections of haiku, Travels with a Notebook and Bright Silence: A month in haiku, and has taught managers to use the form as a reflective practice (The Flow of Thought).

He has written short stories and radio drama scripts, and is currently working on his first novel.

He is a member of Lampeter Writers and the Red Heron performance group and has performed at PENFro Festival, Cellar Bards, Carmarthen Old Town Festival, Verses in Vino, Penned at the Bont, Poems and Pints at the Queens and Mad As Birds.

He runs the Spoken Word Wales website and records interviews with performers and writers for the Spoken Word Wales podcast.